CCEI is always seeking professionals who are interested in mentoring our aspiring entrepreneurs and startup teams. If you identify as an industry expert or experienced entrepreneur and want to share your knowledge with our ventures, here are some ways to engage in our programs:
• Coaching/one-on-one mentoring
• Leading Expert Sessions/Guest speaking
• Participating in events and panels
• Serving as a judge or on a selection committee
Please complete the short form below to indicate your interest in our mentoring program and we will follow up with upcoming opportunities.
Scott Drozd '02 (CLAS)
CEO, FCP Euro
"When I was presented the opportunity to participate as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Summer Fellowship Program, I enthusiastically accepted. Not only did it give me the ability to make an impact on student lives, it was personally rewarding to watch the incredible personal and professional growth of the students over the 8 week program. As a mentor to these students, I personally improved my leadership ability through the process of teaching others."
Mario Leite '98 (CLAS)
Founder, Tea-rrific Ice Cream
"As a UConn alum and entrepreneur, I have been actively trying to find ways to get involved with the school, and especially CCEI. I think these programs are a great way help budding entrepreneurs start to develop their product or service into a real business startup. I wish they had programs like this when I was at UConn. So, if there is any way I can give back and help CCEI and the School of Business, I am happy to get involved!"
Rick Kollmeyer '82 (CLAS)
Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
"For me, being a CCEI mentor isn't just about giving back. The teams would be surprised to know that I learn as much from them as they do from me! I find it energizing to learn about new industries and to work with founding team members that feel as excited as I did back when I started my first company. Additionally, I feel that I've made quite a few new friends. I'm eager to watch the companies I mentored continue their journey!"